Educational Design and Engagement

Educational Design and Engagement

Enriching the student learning experience & supporting development of on campus and online courses.

Category: Online Learning

It was super to connect with staff from FutureLearn and other educational organisations and HEIs yesterday at the FutureLearn Partners’ Forum, which reflected on how we can turn the online learning momentum of the past 18 months into further action. For those of us already working in the online education space when the pandemic hit, […]

A few brief reflections on the sessions I attended at the University of Edinburgh’s virtual Learning and Teaching Conference, 15-17 June 2021. Curriculum Transformation Keynote speaker Kerri-Lee Krause gave us important advice on how best to manage and consult during a curriculum transformation project, and the thing that stuck with me was her example of […]

We currently have more than 4,000 students enrolled on more than 70 fully online postgraduate degrees covering a multitude of topics from ancient worlds to vascular surgery. Like any university offering part-time online degrees, our students are based around the globe, with about 40 per cent in the UK, 13 per cent in Europe, 13 per cent in North America, 11 per cent in East Asia and Australasia, 9 per cent in Africa and 14 per cent from the rest […]

The written word is a powerful communication tool. For short online courses, it is how we share learning materials, build community, and create instructor presence. Online courses use a mixture of reading and listening coupled with more interactive learning like discussion forums, multiple choice quizzes, and reflective exercises. This means the learner’s overall experience is […]

Discussion is a powerful tool for online learning. It can help foster a sense of community and encourage peer to peer interaction and improve learner engagement. Discussion can take the form of debate or reflective sharing, giving learners the opportunity to expand upon and clarify their understanding of key ideas. It moves beyond more passive […]

We’ve been creating free short online courses since 2012, and have created more than 80 courses hosted on three partner platforms, Coursera, edX and FutureLearn. We’re fairly sure that we’re the only UK university to partner with all three of these major online course platforms! These partners and their websites are huge marketing machines, taking […]

Did you know that hiring for digital marketing roles has been growing nearly 33% year-over-year? As an MSc Marketing student at the University of Edinburgh, I found it no surprise that Linkedin has listed digital marketing as one of the fastest growing sectors in 2021 (source: CNBC). While the world has already been gradually leaving traditional media for digital over time, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly accelerated the process. Many marketers immediately scrambled to reach consumers through the […]

We heard some fantastic news last week – Graham Nimmo, Programme Director of the MSc Critical Care, has been awarded the Principal’s Medal for Exceptional Contribution 2020, together with David Griffith. I have worked closely with Graham since March on the (very!) rapid build, launch and three runs of the COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and […]

I’m building a boat. A wooden boat, in a traditional hand-crafted way, I’m a student on a course on boat building, to build an Arendalspram, which is a traditional small Norwegian wooden rowboat, popular along the Skagerrak (love the sound of this word, its sounds so Viking, its the sea between Norway and Denmark) coast, […]

So, day 1 back in the office (not the office), after a 9-week paternity leave which coincided with a sudden decision as a family to move countries. We are getting settled now in Risor – Trehusbyen (The town of wooden houses) Norway. Everyone seems to be settling faster than me, I have been asked by […]

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